Dave (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is a high school student who also passionately loves comic books and all things relating to superheroes. But Dave begins to question why there aren’t any real superheroes fighting bad guys and protecting those in need. Dave also notices the consistent crime occurring in the city, which is on the rise. Someone should make a stand, rise and become a real hero.
So Dave orders an outfit online and transforms into Kick-Ass, a new superhero. Kick-Ass isn’t a typical superhero. He has no training to fight, no superpowers, and no revenge-filled reason to become one. All Dave carries is a passion and desire to help those who need it and be the ultimate superhero for his city. The opportunity soon arises for Kick-Ass to deal with a pair of thugs, but things don’t go to Dave’s plan. His first attempt at being a superhero does have consequences, though, which works in his favour by giving him new abilities. As Kick-Ass continues to do good, he soon gets the attention of some dangerous people who want to take Kick-Ass down once and for all. Thankfully, Dave won’t be fighting alone; even discovering superheroes like him are also lurking around the city streets.
Kick-Ass is best described as a comedy with many fun and surprising moments of action; after all, this is a superhero movie. The comedy aspect is filled with many random, witty and unexpected moments designed to shock audiences. I loved the film’s style of comedy, and the same can be said about the level of on-screen action. The action here contains many moments of creativity and wild action sequences that are visually exciting. It admits that it doesn’t take itself seriously and even makes reference to many other superheroes and well-known pop culture we all know in the present day, such as Batman and Spider-Man.
Visuals are another aspect that is continually exciting throughout the film. Not only do action scenes look incredible, but the image quality is sharp and colourful, like a comic book being brought to life on-screen. Sound effects are strong, and the musical score is a delight, consisting of many fun beats. While Kick-Ass has a similar outline to most superhero films, the plot stands firmly on its own and offers plenty of different and fun ideas. The many characters who appear are plenty of fun, including Kick-Ass himself, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) or even the villain (Mark Strong) who delivers plenty of fun and witty lines.
Overall, fans of all things superhero-related will find plenty of enjoyment here, especially from the many witty and fast-paced gags, and exciting yet highly creative action sequences. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass is fun, but I can’t deny it’s the supporting cast of Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz and Mark Strong, who are all more excellent here. Visually, like a comic book, it’s colourful, sharp, and packed with great costumes and creative ideas. The score is a blast, including many well-fitted, loud and touching tracks. As a superhero film, this movie, as the title says, does kick ass. Kick-Ass (2010) is Now Available on 4K UHD.
23rd November 2022
Written by Peter Walkden
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